Deans’ Roles in the Administration of Secondary Schools in an Education District in Trinidad and Tobago

Rene Jerome Wihby, Arthur Joseph


This paper, explores, through the lens of a Pastoral Care Model, deans’ actual roles in secondary schools, and the extent to which these roles were enacted. A qualitative multi-site case study, was employed to generate pertinent data from six secondary schools in a single education district. The sample comprised 6 principals, 12 deans and 67 teachers. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews to garner the perspectives of principals, teachers and deans. The findings suggest that most deans at the secondary schools, spent a disproportionate amount of their time monitoring student indiscipline. As a result, they were rarely engaged in the performance of their other prescribed roles.


PhD, Educational Administration

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